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Lead writer departs Dying Light 2 maker Techland

Lead writer departs Dying Light 2 maker Techland

Polish games firm Techland has confirmed that narration designer Paweł Selinger has left the developer.

In a statement to PC Gamer, the studio said that the lead writer had departed at the end of 2020 having worked at the company for some 21 years. News that Selinger was leaving broke via Gaming Route, who spotted a change to the developer's LinkedIn page.

Techland said that the narrative department was now being led by Piotr Szymanek

"Paweł Selinger, who has been the narration designer for the last two years, decided at the end of 2020 to end his cooperation with Techland and to pursue his further career elsewhere," the company said in a statement.

"Paweł spent most of his professional life at Techland and he, among others, takes credit for the success of the series Call of Juarez. He left a large piece of himself with Dying Light 2, as he worked on the project from the very beginning. His duties, ie. the narrative department, were taken over by Piotr Szymanek in October 2020."

Techland also said that it still has an art director in Eric Cochonneau, refuting reports that Selinger was also the studio's art boss given that he held this role between 2007 and 2009.

"We would like to reassure all fans of the upcoming Dying Light 2 that the position of art director is not threatened and has been held by Eric Cochonneau since November 2019," Techland said.

"Eric has been taking care of every aspect of the upcoming production ever since and the team under his leadership is doing their best to offer players the best game possible."

Dying Light 2 was announced at E3 2018 with development vet Chris Avellone working on the game's narrative. In 2020, Techland cut ties with Avellone over allegations of sexual harassment.

The title was initially set to launch in spring 2020, but was bumped back at the start of last year. It currently doesn't have a release date.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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